DMPL | Digital Projects | Des Moines City Directories Online (1866-1922)
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Viewing a list of the directories and sorting them by date:
> Once you are to the Des Moines and Polk County, Iowa, City Directories page click the All items (most
recently added first) link.
Welcome to Des Moines and Polk County, Iowa, City
Directories:! 866-1 922
Containing an alphabetically arranged list of business firms and private citizens, a street and
avenue guide, miscellaneous directory, city and county officers, terms of court, churches, colleges,
public and private schools, buildings, banks, incorporated institutions, railroads, secret and
benevolent societies, etc.
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On the following screen there is box along the right side of the screen with the heading Sort results by: find
and click the Date link in this box.
Sort results by:
> The city directories should now be in order by date (descending).
Reading a city directory online:
> Click on the city directory you would like to read.
> On the following screen click the Read Online link .
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1903 Des Moines and Polk County, Iowa, City Directory (1903)
Subject: des moines:icwa:polk ccuntv:city directories
Collection: desmoinesandpolkccunty city directories : additional collections
Containing an alphabetically arranged list of business firms and private citizens, a street and avenue guide, miscellaneous
directory, city and county officers, terms of court, churches, colleges, public and private schools, buildings, banks, incorporated
institutions, railroads, secret and benevolent societies, etc.
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> After clicking the Read Online link you should get a screen that looks similar to this:
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> For optimal viewing click the One Page view box along the bottom of the screen, and use the Zoom-in /
Zoom-out magnifying glasses for a larger view of the page (see screenshots above).
Browsing Over Searching
> Searching the city directories is possible with the search field along the top of the reader, but I have found
that browsing by sliding the D button back and forth, and using the M ■► buttons to page forwards and
backwards is often easier.
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Typical City Directory Layout (varies some by year):
> Miscellaneous listings -government officials, churches, libraries, insurance companies, secret societies, etc.
> Street and Avenue guide - describes street boundaries not listings by address.
Des Moines Homeowner and Business listing - alphabetical by last name / business name.
Business classified listing - by type of business.
> Listing by street address - numbered streets first, then alphabetical by street name (starting 1908).
> Valley Junction Homeowner and Business listing - alphabetical / classified.
> Surrounding community homeowner and business listing - alphabetical by last name / business name.
> There is no dedicated print function from the online view.
> If you only need a small chuck of text you can take a screeshot using a browser plugin or the "Print Scrn" key
on your keyboard. From there you can paste the image into your preferred image editing program, and print
> The best way to print single pages is to open/download the PDF version of the city directory, and from there
you are able to print single pages.
> You are able to download and save copies of our City Directories for your own personal use.
Once you have found the directory you would like to download, click the PDF link instead of the Read Online
link under the View this item box on the left side of the screen.